Djokovic* 7-6, 4-6, 5-1 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Double break secured for Djokovic! After firing two venomous returns, the world No1 will have the opportunity to serve for this third set. Raonic looking a little startled out there.
Djokovic 7-6, 4-6, 4-1 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Gutsy Djokovic service hold to consolidate the break. Raonic will be kicking himself after being up 0-30. Third set looks to be in the bag for Novak you feel.
Djokovic* 7-6, 4-6, 3-1 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Djokovic breaks after some incredible baseline hustling. Raonic, looking a little nervy and tight, succumbs to the pressure mounted by the top seed.
Djokovic 7-6, 4-6, 2-1 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Solid game from Djokovic serving with the new balls. Hits a nice forehand down the line at 30-15, before forcing Raonic to hit a return error at 40-15.
Djokovic* 7-6, 4-6, 1-1 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Raonic holds with a quick service game as he picks up from where he left off in set two, throwing down three aces in the process.
Third Set: Djokovic 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Djokovic holds to 15 to get things started in this third set. A much more calmer game from the Serbian.
RAONIC TAKES THE SECOND SET 6-4
Raonic draws level as he takes the second set 6-4 in 49 minutes. The Canadian hit 18 winners to Djokovic’s 12 in set two and the serve out wide to Djokovic’s forehand has been doing a lot of damage.
Djokovic 7-6, 4-5 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Quick service hold for Djokovic who forces Raonic to serve it out to draw level in this contest.
Djokovic* 7-6, 3-5 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Raonic hits three aces and a double fault. Djokovic, hanging in there, manages to get to deuce, but Raonic manages to hold. He’s a game away now from taking this second set.
Djokovic 7-6, 3-4 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Djokovic, moving gingerly, seemed to pull up and stopped moving at 15-all. The top seed manages to hold though.
Djokovic* 7-6, 2-4 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Raonic consolidates with a quick service hold. The Canadian has hit three aces in this second set and 12 overall.
Djokovic 7-6, 2-3 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Pressure applied. Raonic breaks on his second opportunity. Djokovic hits an ill-timed double fault at 15-40 before Raonic cracks huge forehand cross-court to win the game.
Djokovic* 7-6, 2-2 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Good hold to 15 for Raonic. The heavily tapped right ankle doesn’t look like it’s hindering the Canadian’s movement.
Djokovic 7-6, 2-1 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Raonic, with a relentless attack on the Djokovic backhand, mustered up a break point opportunity but didn’t convert. A riled up Djokovic holds. Easily his most challenging service game yet. Doesn’t look completely pleased out there.
Raonic is currently being seen to by the physio. Looks like he’s having issues with his right ankle.
Djokovic* 7-6, 1-1 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Raonic, forced to save a break point, holds, securing the game with an ace. Djokovic will be annoyed he was unable to break.
Second Set: Djokovic 7-6, 1-0 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Solid service hold for Djokovic who was down 15-30. Turned into a brick wall, answering Raonic from the back of the court before taking his opportunity to come forward and finish.
FIRST SET DJOKOVIC 7-6
Raonic hits an overhead long, 1-0 Djokovic. Raonic backhand error, 2-0. Raonic forehand error, 3-0. Djokovic backhand error, 3-1. Djokovic nets a return, 3-2. Raonic hits a backhand long, 4-2. Raonic goes wide with a forehand, 5-2. Djokovic hits a backhand wide, 5-3. Raonic nets a backhand after an 18-shot rally, 6-3. Djokovic hits a unforced forehand error, 6-4. Raonic nets a forehand error, 7-4. First set Djokovic.
Djokovic 6-6 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Djokovic answers with a love-service hold of his own and we’re heading for a tiebreak.
Djokovic* 5-6 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Raonic holds to love and keeps up the scoreboard pressure. 43 minutes in and there’s nothing to between these two.
Djokovic 5-5 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Some lovely net play from Djokovic who hit an exquisite drop-volley at 15-0. A clean hold from the top seed.
Djokovic* 4-5 Raonic (*denotes next server)
From 0-30 down Raonic finds a couple of big serves to get out of trouble. Djokovic had a break point opportunity but was unable to convert. Raonic will be relieved to wrap up that game and maintain his lead.
Djokovic 4-4 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Djokovic levels. Hit a couple of errors, but overall looked good for the hold. Will look to pounce on this Raonic service game.
Djokovic* 3-4 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Important Raonic hold. A few sneaky errors creeping into Canadian’s game as he survived a break point. Djokovic will now serve with new balls.
Djokovic 3-3 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
The quickest service game for Djokovic as he draws level with an ace out wide.
Djokovic* 2-3 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Raonic fired down three aces en route to securing that fifth game. The Canadian’s serve will be a huge factor in this match you feel. Djokovic is arguably the best returner in the game though…
Djokovic 2-2 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
From 0-15 down Djokovic holds. Cracked a wicked a forehand down the line at 30-15 that Raonic had no answer for.
Djokovic* 1-2 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Raonic moving Djokovic around the back of the court but the world No1 is responds with some deep groundstrokes of his own. Eventually closes out the game at 40-30.
Djokovic 1-1 Raonic* (*denotes next server)
Shaky start from Djokovic who was down 0-30, before going on to hold and level up. The Serb looks to be moving well. 1-1.
First set: Djokovic* 0-1 Raonic (*denotes next server)
Cross court forehand winner from Raonic to get things started. The Canadian hit two aces in that game. That arm looks loose.
Players are on court
Raonic won the toss and obviously elects to serve. Good early signs as Djokovic seems to be moving freely.
Alexander Zverev is yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park
Halep gets the job done
Second seed Simona Halep beats Iga Swiatek 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and will take on Serena Williams for a place in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
Big performances from two former champions
Naomi Osaka, the 2019 champion, and seven-time AO champ Serena Williams both booked their places in the quarter-finals with three-set wins over Garbine Muguruza and Aryna Sabalenka.
Osaka saved two match points en route to victory against Muguruza.
Serena fought off a Sabalenka fightback to secure her win in front of sister Venus.
Hsieh Su-wei reaches her first Grand Slam singles quarter-final at the age of 35
Another women’s fourth-round tie to go the distance on Rod Laver Arena
Last year’s finalist is out
Grigor Dimitrov dismantled third seed Dominic Thiem in straight sets — 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 — to cause the biggest upset in the men’s draw so far. The Bulgarian 18th seed will now play Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev who from two sets down to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Hello and welcome to Day 7 and coverage of Novak Djokovic’s fourth-round match between Milos Raonic.
Djokovic, the top seed and defending champion, came through an eventful five-setter against American Taylor Fritz in round three. The Serbian received treatment for an abdominal strain that hindered his movement in sets three and four.
Speaking after his victory, Djokovic said: “I honestly don’t know how I won this match. I’m very proud. At the same time, [I am] sad and worried, because it’s definitely something serious happening with my injury.”
There was a lot of talk and speculation on Saturday that Djokovic might pull out of the tournament after it was confirmed that he opted not to train on his day off. However, it was confirmed that Djokovic did practice today, at around 4:30pm Melbourne time, after receiving more treatment.
Read Simon Briggs’ take here.
Regardless of Djokovic’s condition, the challenge ahead for Raonic is huge! The Canadian 14th seed is 0-11 against Djokovic. The pair have met twice before at a Grand Slam and Djokovic has won in straight sets on both occasions. Not good omens.
Raonic needed four sets to get past Marton Fucsovics in the previous round and has played well en route to the second week at Melbourne Park. He leads the stats charts for aces (56) and total winners (28%) out of all the players left in the round of 16, a list that includes some big hitters like Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini.
If Djokovic’s performance and subsequent injury concerns from Friday’s match are anything to go by, this is a great opportunity for Raonic to improve on his head-to-head against the world No1. Regardless, it will be a tough task for Raonic.